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the politics and get businesses back on track. >> safeguarding the portfolio ahead of the fiscal cliff. the smartest minds in the game will tell you how. >> making hot profit. >> another american made story you don't want to miss. the second hour of "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ >> welcome to "squawk box." i'm becky quick along with joe kernan. andrew is out on vacation today. the futures are indicated high they are morning. this is coming despite the idea of -- the two sides of the fiscal cliff not any closer on getting any sort after deal done again, we are looking at some green arrows on this friday morning. let's get to some of the headlines that are out there as we. president obama takes to the road today to pitch his already rejected deal to solve the fiscal cliff. he will be traveling to pennsylvania to push his pitch for tax increases on the wealthy. republicans say the campaign-style tactics are getting in the way of productive talks. more companies are announcing special dividends in anticipation of higher tax rates after the new year. whole foods announced a $2 a share
've got a fiscal cliff now. we have the fiscal abyss next year. we need to say, don't come home. no deal, no break. members should be in washington at least five days a week like every other american and not leave until they deal with the fiscal cliff this year or until we get a grand bargain next year. they would pull off seven times more days -- >> david faber tweeted this morning that they should be locked in a room and forced to listen to the animal orchestra until they have a deal. >> david faber's hair. >> you put them in a room. you tell them they're going to sit there until the deal is done. day three, no more food. day five, no water. day seven, the waterboarding begins. that would get it done. >> and the president should be there, too. >> the president does work five days a week. >> but not in the same room. but he is home. he's already home. >> but listen, they spend too much time raising money. if they did a good job, they wouldn't have to raise as many money. if they got paid for performance, they wouldn't have any money. >> are you going to run for linda mcmahon's seat? >>
. >> financial advisers. >> you really want the fiscal cliff to be settled. i mean, this would be awful for you and your firm and for a lot of americans, too. be for financial advisers to have people paralyzed again. it would be the worst case scenario. >> one of the things i said at the investor conference was that we feel like we can grow our business even if the market backdrop remains cautious, which is how it's been now for transactional activity has been lighter. >> a percentage of assets. >> that's a big part of our growth story. we call it our managed accounts platform. we have $556 billion in managed accounts at morgan stanley wealth management. that's one of our two major growth areas. the second being the lending business, which you talked about earlier. we've been working the last couple years to build our out banking and lending business. our peers are bigger in that. but as we get more and more of our financial advisers to lend with their clients, we have significant growth there. >> plus you get assets back from citi, too, right? >> we now have an agreement in place where we can
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